This blog is inspired by that of another Spark Buddy
I first met Levi on my first mission trip, to Iquitos, Peru in 1997.
And I'd see him as one of the regulars who'd stop by the home of my friends with whom I was staying.
Ten years later, in 2007, I was going to take a little trip down the river with a pastor, a friend, and a couple of spiritual sons to revisit some churches I'd been to the year before. Levi was sent in the place of my friend's son, and that's when I got to KNOW him. After all, when you're on a slow boat, slung in hammocks, one of the few things you can do is TALK. I love to ask brethren how they came to know Jesus...and to hear their testimonies
(there are links to video clips on my Photobucket which you may find amusing)
Pastor Johel Zabaleta
Me n Marleni
Levi, Esli, and Abel slinging up hammocks.
Now, when I went in 2006 to visit these churches, our group came to call ourselves Soldados de Barro, Soldiers of Mud, based on our experiences (more on this in other blogs). And earlier in 2007 when we went to Machu Picchu, we called ourselves Soldados de Roca, Soldiers of Rock, because of course Machu Picchu has all these ancient ruins. So on this expedition we decided to call ourselves Soldados de Espera, Soldiers of Waiting. Because that's what we did. A LOT.
...at the Port...
at the village of Jorge Chavez...
at the village of Nuevo Kuwait...
on the "lancha"...
After Levi and I became engaged when I returned to Peru in 2011, we discovered there was a lot more waiting...awaiting us. When I returned last year, I expected we'd be able to marry. But - although he had started the process for some of his paperwork some months earlier, it still hadn't come through, and as prepared as I was, I was also missing a document. So we had to ....WAIT.
And so Levi and I still refer to ourselves as Soldados de Espera, as we talk about plans, about the slow process and how long it's taking - like, he had to start all over with an aspect of HIS paperchase because the lawyer dropped the ball.
And in the waiting...we're learning.
Well...good things are worth waiting for. And Levi is worth waiting for. I believe he thinks the same of me.